Osteria Savio Volpe And Pepino’s Spaghetti House Scoop Up Big Wins At 2019 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

In case you have not to have any Italian food from Osteria Savio Volpe or Pepino’s Spaghetti House, some new Restaurant awards from Vancouver Magazine may entice you.  Here is the press release about their awards.

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Vancouver, B.C. (May 1, 2019): 
Osteria Savio Volpe and Pepino’s Spaghetti House accepted coveted honours at this year’s Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, held on Monday, April 29. Cozy fox den Savio Volpe earned the gold award for Best Italian, while their red-sauce American cousin Pepino’s was awarded gold for Best New Design as well as runner up for Best New Restaurant.
Now in its 30th year, the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards is the city’s biggest and most prestigious culinary awards gala with 38 categories shining a spotlight on Vancouver’s best restaurants, chefs, bartenders and sommeliers. This year, 15 judges comprised of notable food critics and experts explore holes-in-the-wall, fancy five-stars and all eateries in between, singling out those that offer outstanding fare, above-and-beyond customer service and an atmosphere that lingers with diners long after leaving.

“Savio Volpe’s combination of atmosphere, affordability, and a dialed-in but not doctrinaire take on regional Italian has redefined Italian food in Vancouver,” said the judges. Indeed, the restaurant offers a welcoming haven for residents and visitors to the trendy Fraserhood neighbourhood with its growing popularity lending a lively buzz.
“We are honoured to accept these awards, and want to thank Vancouver Magazine for recognizing the care and attention shown by our team to ensure the very best experience for our guests,” says Paul Grunberg, partner of Savio Volpe and Pepino’s. “Our team’s tireless work and passion has contributed tremendously to our success, and we are grateful to customers old and new who choose to spend their evenings with us.”
Celebrating their fourth anniversary this October, Savio Volpe’s traditional yet simple and fresh menu reads like an ode to old-world Italy. Adding to their list of accolades, the restaurant made the 2019 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for the third consecutive year.

Pepino’s earned Vancouver Magazine’s accolade for Best New Design, with recognition for preserving the venue’s longstanding heritage. “It takes a deft hand to make a space feel like it’s always been there without turning to Disneyish clichés,” they said. “And so, gold for Best New Design goes to Ste. Marie for its work converting the 62-year-old institution that was Nick’s Spaghetti House into Pepino’s.”
Notably, the restaurant was also a runner up for the coveted Best New Restaurant category. “Taking Silver is the reimagined red-sauce joint Pepino’s, where the team behind Savio Volpe took the legacy (and location) of Nick’s Spaghetti House and managed to transform it into a spot that seems fresh and nostalgic in equal measure,” says the award judges.
Spearheaded by Craig Stanghetta, partner of Pepino’s and Savio Volpe, and his talented team at Ste. Marie, the design of Pepino’s captures a perfect balance between authenticity and purposeful reminiscences of a former era. The team meticulously salvaged original fixtures and detailing, creating a welcoming home-away-from-home.
“Our overarching goal was to preserve the comfort and familiarity shown by Nick’s, which left a lasting mark on so many guests over the years,” says Stanghetta. “We are very proud of the end result, and also for earning this coveted award ahead of our one-year anniversary in June.”
Savio Volpe and Pepino’s are co-owned by Mark Perrier, Craig Stanghetta, and Paul Grunberg; the trio are also proprietors of Commercial Drive’s newest Italian alimentari  and grocer, Caffè La Tana, which recently opened in October 2018.
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About Savio Volpe

Opened in Vancouver’s Fraserhood neighbourhood in 2015, Osteria Savio Volpe is a restaurant styled after the classic osteria – featuring rustic fare in the Italian tradition of freshness and regionality, using ingredients gathered from the nearby lakes, oceans, farms and fields. Everything is prepared in the simplest, most flavourful way, with pasta handmade fresh every day – fatto a mano in casa – and meat, poultry and fish kissed by smoke over the wood-fired grill and rotisserie. The 75-seat osteria features a long list of friendly Italian wines and old-world coffee to inspire conversation and good cheer among friends, family and strangers alike. Above all else, Savio Volpe celebrates liveliness, warmth and hospitality. Saviovolpe.com
 

About Pepino’s Spaghetti House

Situated in the midst of Vancouver’s Little Italy, Pepino’s is the brainchild and second joint venture of Osteria Savio Volpe’s acclaimed restaurateurs Paul Grunberg, Craig Stanghetta and Mark Perrier. Pepino’s is a cozy Commercial Drive eatery serving up hearty dishes inspired by fresh flavours, traditions and simple cooking techniques of Southern Italy. The 62-seat restaurant, formerly occupied for over 62-years by the iconic Nick’s Spaghetti House, is the “red sauce American cousin” to Savio Volpe, serving up tomato-based pasta dishes with savoury spices and stick-to-your-ribs meats. Pepino’s aspires to be a neighbourhood favourite, a safe space where people can take a load off, breathe in the aromas of fresh cooking, and look forward to a leisurely meal with family and friends. Pepinos.ca

DINE OUT VANCOUVER 2019 Festival Event Tickets AVAILABLE NOW

Dine Out Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada (November 20, 2018): Get your stretchy pants ready! Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s event tickets are now available for purchase. Complementing the prix fixe menus at over 300 participating restaurants which launch January 7, 2019, culinary enthusiasts can choose from a range of unique culinary events happening between January 18 and February 3, 2019.

Brand-new for Season 17 is the Bauhaus Stammtisch, presented by Bauhaus Restaurant from January 20 – 24. Inspired by Chef Tim Schulte’s childhood memories of family dinners in Germany, guests will enjoy a delicious 4-course menu at a family style long table, with the option to add a BC and German wine pairing.

Also new is the Painted Rock Estate Winemakers Dinner, presented by Tuc Craft Kitchen and Painted Rock Estate. For one night only, John Skinner of Painted Rock Estate Winery will host a 4-course Pacific Northwest dinner, paired with some of BC’s best wines from his award-winning winery.

Learn more about Vancouver’s historic Downtown Eastside and rich culture at the Save on Meats Experience. Indulge in a special 3-course menu based on diner classics while learning more about the positive impact the diner has within the city.  

Take your pick of two new events, presented by YEW Seafood + Bar. At Vive La Vodka, enjoy a vodka tasting, oyster shucking session, martini and oyster pairing, small plates, and a preview of YEW’s soon-to-launch cocktail program. At Sweet + Simple, treat your sweet tooth while learning to make three delicious desserts: a chocolate souffle, macaron, and the Chef’s favourite seasonal dessert.

Returning favourites include Taste of the Market at Lonsdale Quay, a tasting tour through North Vancouver’s public market including craft beer, fresh seafood, artisan cheese and more; the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Pop-up, serving delicious sustainably-sourced seafood dishes from Chef Ned Bell and team; Fanny Bay Oyster Bar’s Get Shucked Up, where guests will learn to shuck oysters from the experts; Maime Taylor’s Low Country Pig Roast, featuring a Southern-inspired, three-course long-table dinner, complete with a whole roasted sucking pig; and back by popular demand, don’t miss the opportunity to grab tickets for the Secret Supper Soiree. Be sure to check the Culinary Events calendar for even more exciting events, including a range of unique culinary tours, and the return of Street Food City from January 21 – 27 in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.

It wouldn’t be Dine Out Vancouver Festival without the ever-popular Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan. 2019 will welcome renowned chefs from international culinary hubs to produce a series of five collaborative dinners. Guests can expect carefully crafted tastes by featured chefs from Sydney, London, Montreal, San Diego, and Dusseldorf. Also returning is the Grand Tasting, which will kick-off the festival the Thursday night before on January 17 at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. This opening event will feature multiple restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries, and BC VQA wineries. Proceeds will benefit the BC Hospitality FoundationDine Out Vancouver’s official charitable partner.

Tickets for all events are available now starting at $31.55, so please your palate and purchase your tickets at dineoutvancouver.com/events.

Travelling to Dine Out Vancouver Festival from near or far? Take advantage of Air Canada’s 15 percent off discount code on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights for all Canadian and select U.S. cities to Vancouver (use promo code DINEOUT2019). Participating hotels are offering special hotel rates starting at $89 CAD per night, plus a selection of “Dine and Stay” packages.

Key Dine Out Vancouver Festival Dates:

November 20, 2018 – Event tickets on sale at dineoutvancouver.com
January 7, 2019 – Aeroplan exclusive: The list of Dine Out restaurants and menus is made available to Aeroplan members, giving them a three-day jump start on securing a table through advance reservations. To get this perk, sign up for Aeroplan now.
January 10, 2019 – Reservations open and menus available at dineoutvancouver.com
January 17, 2019 – Opening night of the festival at the Grand Tasting at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, open to the public. Early-bird tickets are $89.00.
January 18, 2019 – Dine Out Vancouver Festival begins – dig in!
January 21 – 27, 2019 – Check out Vancouver’s favourite food trucks at Street Food City.

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About Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 300-plus restaurants (at $15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, BC VQA wines, and the city’s exceptional culinary talent. Dine Out‘s premier partner is Aeroplan; festival partner is the Wines of British Columbia; and preferred partners include Air Canada, OpenTable, Star Metro Vancouver, The Westin Bayshore, The Georgia StraightVancouver magazine, and Where magazine. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2019 runs from January 18 to February 3.
dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

Canadian Flavours Gala to Celebrate Canadian Food and Wine on April 30th – Contest

As part of EAT! Vancouver there is the Canadian Flavours Gala celebrating Canadian food and wine.  And I have a contest running where you have a chance to win 2 tickets to attend the Canadian Flavours Gala.  Information about the event is below, followed by my contest details.  Good luck and support this wonderful event.

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EAT Vancouver Canadian Flavours Gala

EAT Vancouver Canadian Flavours Gala

April 9, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Make space in your schedule for the Canadian Flavours Gala at Terminal City Club on Thursday, April 30 2015.  Guests will enjoy an evening with 15 chefs from some of Canada’s best-known restaurants, sampling delicious Canadian cuisine paired with spring releases from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.

There is an impressive roster of critically acclaimed chefs and their restaurants participating at the event.  It includes Andrew Winfield of Calgary’s River Café, Nicholas Nutting of Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog (chosen by Enroute as Canada’s number one restaurant), and Jeremie Bastien of Montreal’s Restaurant Leméac.  From Toronto, both Chef Jesse Grasso of The Black Hoof – known for attracting movie starts to its nightly lineup – and Nick Liu of newly opened DaiLo will participate.  Two alumni from Food Network Canada’s Top Chef, Carl Heinrich (Toronto’s Richmond Station) and Connie DeSousa (Calgary’s Charcut Roast House), will also attend.  Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn from the Westin Edmonton will recreate his winning dish from the 2015 Canadian Gold Medal Plates chef competition.

Local participants include Executive Chef Ned Bell from The Four Seasons’ YEW seafood + bar, Eric Pateman of Edible Canada and Bella Gelateria’s hand-made gelato, named the best in the world at the international gelato competition held in Florence, Italy.

The evening will include an exclusive Silent Wine Auction benefitting Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ sustainable seafood program, which will also receive partial proceeds from the evening.

Canadian Flavours Gala Event and Ticket Details

#CanadianFlavours
Thursday April 30th 2015
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Tickets: $125 available at http://eat-vancouver.com/canadian-flavours-gala/
Includes a complimentary ticket to EAT! Vancouver at BC Place, May 1- 3

Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Participating Restaurants:

Charcut Roast House and River Café (Calgary); The Westin Edmonton (Edmonton); Leméac (Montreal); Hillside Winery & Bistro, The Vanilla Pod and The Kitchen (Naramata); Wolf in the Fog (Tofino); The Black Hoof, DaiLo and Richmond Station (Toronto); Edible Canada, Vancouver Aquarium, YEW seafood + bar and Bella Gelateria (Vancouver); TIA Yukon (Whitehorse)

Participating Wineries:

Bench 1775 Winery, Black Widow Winery, D’Angelo Estate Winery, Deep Roots Winery, Elephant Island Orchard Wines, Hillside Winery, Howling Bluff Estate Wines, Kettle Valley Winery, La Frenz Winery, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Misconduct Wine Co., Monster Vineyards, Moraine Winery, Perseus Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Quidni Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, Serendipity Winery, Terravista Vineyards, Therapy Vineyards, Tightrope Winery, Upper Bench Winery, Van Westen Vineyards

About EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a world class week-long food festival taking place throughout downtown Vancouver from April 26th to May 3rd, showcasing this city’s extraordinary culinary culture. Already the largest food festival in Canada, EAT! Vancouver, now in its 13th year includes hands-on workshops, collaborative chef dinners featuring top chefs from across Canada, Canadian Flavours Gala, a hospitality symposium, a pastry panel and EAT! Vancouver at BC Place, from May 1st to May 3rd .

www.eat-vancouver.com

https://www.facebook.com/eat.vancouver  https://twitter.com/eat_vancouver

About Naramata Bench Wineries Association:

A STORY IN EVERY BOTTLE
Along meandering country road with spectacular lake views is the Naramata Bench, one of Canada’s premiere wine regions and a top destination for wine enthusiasts. The renowned Naramata Bench Wineries are known for their quality wines, warm welcome, and exceptional wine events and experiences.

http://www.naramatabench.com

FB: naramatawines / T: @naramatawines

Contest

To get one entry you must retweet the following text using your Twitter account:

I want to win 2 free tickets to the Canadian Flavors Gala from @mywinepal Thx to @naramatawines @eat_vancouver #MWPcontest

You can also get an entry by posting a comment on this post, telling me which Naramata Bench winery you would like to try at this event.

Contest closes April 23, 2015 at noon.

Spot Prawns are spot on at Provence

Spot Prawn Season is on.  Need I say more?  Check out this menu from Provence Marinaside and Provence Mediterranean Grill in Vancouver.

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Spot prawn

Spot prawn

(Vancouver, BC) – May is a favourite month with Vancouverites – not just because it has finally stopped raining and the city is awash in spring blossoms – no, it’s because May marks the beginning of Spot Prawn Season. Spot Prawn season officially opens this year on Saturday, May 10th. For six weeks, Lower Mainlanders revel in the juicy sweetness of these local ‘gems of the sea.’  Whether you prefer yours steamed or grilled or poached, everyone can agree there is nothing more heavenly than enjoying spot prawns accompanied by a glass of cool, crisp wine.

Spot Prawns are a succulent, sustainable and local product of our oceans. It is a sustainable fishery endorsed by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ocean Wise Program – but more than being environmentally correct, spot prawns are delicious. “Simply prepared there is nothing sweeter and tastier than a spot prawn,” says Jean-Francis Quaglia, owner and executive chef at Provence Restaurants.

Both Provence locations – Mediterranean Grill (P1) in Point Grey and Marinaside (P2) in Yaletown, will be featuring special three-course Spot Prawn Menus for the duration of the season which usually goes to the end of June. Each restaurant’s menu, while shining the spotlight on the spot prawn, is completely different and priced differently.

Provence Mediterranean Grill’s Menu is priced at $48 and starts with a choice of Steamed Whole BC Spot Prawns or Chilled BC Spot Prawn Salad or Spot Prawn Velouté. For mains there are two choices – Flambéed Spot Prawn Duo (with your choice of halibut or beef tenderloin) or Pearl Couscous Risotto with Spot Prawns and Dungeness Crab. Dessert is a choice from the menu – perhaps a slice of their famed Clafoutis? Full menu details here.

Provence Marinaside’s Menu includes an optional wine pairing selected by sommelier Rachelle Goudreau.  The Menu price is listed as ‘at Market’ which means it should average in the $50 range with the wine pairing available for an additional $20.  At Marinaside diners start with a choice of Merguez Sausage with Mixed Greens or Bocconcini and Tomato with Mixed Greens or Yellow Tomato Gazpacho (wine: Montelvini Prosecco, Italy). For mains, Marinaside offers a choice of Spot Prawn Duo – Grilled and Provençal Style (wine: Birlocho 2011 Verdejo+Sauvignon Blanc  Rueda, Spain) or Lois Lake Steelhead and BC Spot Prawns (wine: Bartier Bros. 2012 Semillon Okanagan, BC) or Halibut and BC Spot Prawns (wine: Le Vieux Pin 2012 Rosé  Okanagan, BC).  Dessert is a choice from the restaurant’s regular menu. Its signature Lemon Tarte would make a lovely finish accompanied by a glass of the suggested wine – Unsworth Ovation Vancouver Island, BC. Full menu details here.

With special menus, such as Spot Prawn Season, or the Tomato Festival later in the summer, the two locations engage in a little friendly rivalry over who creates the best menu. Check out Provence’s Spot Prawn Video from 2012, try both menus and “you be the judge.” After all, with such a short season, you can never have too many spot prawns.

The Winners of the 25th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards!

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Dishes Sampled

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Dishes Sampled

Running a restaurant is a hard business.  Year after year we have new restaurants popping up in Vancouver.  Vancouver foodies like to find these new gems, as well as visit their established diamonds.  This week was the 25th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, to let us all know about these fantastic restaurants.  Below are the results.  Make reservations fast because there may be lineups to try many of these restaurants.  Enjoy my food pictures as well that I took during the event.

Best New Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice

Best Gastown & Chinatown: Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Best West End: Nook

Best Yaletown: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Best East Side: Via Tevere

Best Dim Sum: Dynasty Seafood

Best Casual Chain: Cactus Club Cafe

Best Upscale French: Le Crocodile

Best Vietnamese: Phnom Penh

Best Casual Japanese: Kingyo

Best Pizzeria: Via Tevere (that’s 2 awards!)

Best Thai: Maenam

Best Upscale Japanese: Zest

Best of the Americas: La Taqueria

Best Upscale Italian: Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

Best Other Vancouver Island: Hudson’s on First

Best Winery/Vineyard Dining:  Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek (Congratulations Sandra Oldfield!)

Best Whistler: Araxi

Best Casual French: Tableau Bar Bistro

Best Korean: Hanwoori

Best Seafood: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (2 awards!)

Best Indian: Vij’s (always the winner!)

Best Coffeehouse: 49th Parallel

Pastry Chef of the Year: Thomas Haas

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Jaffray (Cactus Club owner)

Bartender of the Year: Jay Jones

Sommelier of the Year: Mike Bernardo

Premier Crew: François Rameau, Matthew Morgenstern, Denisa Johnova, Brian Hopkins

Best Casual Italian: Campagnolo Roma

Best Upscale Chinese: Dynasty Seafood

Best West Side: La Quercia

Best North Shore: La Régalade

Best Richmond: Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best Downtown: Cactus Club Coal Harbour

Best Victoria: Camille’s

Best Okanagan: Waterfront Wines

Best Noodle House: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Best Steakhouse: Hy’s Encore

Best Other Asian: Penang Delight

Best Casual Chinese: Top Shanghai

Best New Design: Homer St. Café & Bar

Best Food Cart: Vij’s Railway Express

Green Award: The Parker

Producer/Supplier of the Year: Sole Food

Mentorship Award: Scott Haeger

Chef of the Year: Pino Posteraro

Best Casual: The Farmer’s Apprentice

Best Upscale: Hawksworth

Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice (Wonderful. So many accolades.)

Select Finalists Announced for 25th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Vancouver MagazineVancouver, B.C.; April 15th, 2014 – Vancouver Magazine announced today select finalists for its upcoming 25th Annual Restaurant Awards.  Finalists were named in the magazine’s new Best of Neighbourhood award categories including: Best Downtown, Best Yaletown, Best West End, Best Gastown & Chinatown, Best West Side, Best East Side, and Best Richmond.

These categories join Best North Shore in highlighting establishments for diners for whom location is at least as important as reputation, type of cuisine, ambiance, and price. See attached fact sheet for finalist restaurants.

“For the past 25 years, Vancouver Magazine has been cataloguing the city’s finest rooms and creating a definitive compendium of all that is delicious, masterful, and of the moment,” said John Burns, Vancouver Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “The addition of Best of Neighbourhood awards reflects our judges’ view that for many people, location matters a great deal when deciding where to dine.”

Finalists in the remaining 42 categories won’t be revealed until the gala, to be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel on April 22nd. More than 700 of B.C.’s top chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and food critics will gather to recognize the city’s best. Vancouverites can follow the event live on Twitter and Instagram using #VanMagAwards.

Vancouver Magazine’s May issue includes a 42-page feature on all the award categories. The issue will be on newsstands on April 28th and digital subscriptions will be available at vanmag.com.

Finalists for New Best of Neighbourhood Categories

Best Yaletown

  • Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar,
  • Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca,
  • The Flying Pig,
  • Homer St. Café and Bar,
  • La Pentola della Quercia

Best West End

  • Forage,
  • Hokkaido Ramen Santouka,
  • Kingyo,
  • Nook,
  • Tavola

Best Downtown

  • Cactus Club Coal Harbour,
  • Hawksworth,
  • The Mexican, Antojitos y Cantina;
  • Tableau Bar Bistro,
  • Yew Seafood & Bar

Best Gastown & Chinatown

  • Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie,
  • Campagnolo,
  • Phnom Penh,
  • Pidgin,
  • The Union

Best West Side

  • Maenam,
  • La Quercia,
  • Vijs,
  • West,
  • Zest

Best East Side

  • Campagnolo Roma,
  • Chicha,
  • Les Faux Bourgeois,
  • The Red Wagon,
  • Via Tevere

Best Richmond

  • Dinesty Chinese,
  • Gudrun,
  • Hoi Tong Seafood,
  • Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best North Shore

  • Blue Eyed Marys,
  • Canyon,
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle,
  • Gusto di Quattro,
  • La Régalade

 

 

Vancouver Foodster launches the 1st Culinary Scavenger Hunt

culinary scavenger huntA new twist to the Tasting Plates, Vancouver Foodster has combined tasting with solving puzzles.  Sign up and try this inaugural event by Vancouver Foodster.  The details are below.

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Vancouver, BC – Your scavenger hunt is a multi-faceted “tasting experience” through downtown Vancouver with clues, challenges, prizes and more. Following your “map and clues card” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites and treats as well as have a chance to meet the chefs and other notable personalities. This afternoon tasting experience goes from 2pm until 6pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Bring your friends, your significant other, your family or come solo.

Visit each of the participating restaurants, cafes, establishments at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: Xoxolat -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Map Clue Tasting Cards.

Participating restaurants, cafes and establishments:

XOXOLAT
1271 Homer St, Vancouver
Twitter: @Xoxolat
Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/
Cuisine: Chocolatier

BELLA GELATERIA
1001 West Cordova, Vancouver
Twitter:@bellagelateria
Web:http://www.bellagelateria.com
Feature: Gelato

Seventeen89 Restaurant
1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.1789.ca/
Twitter: @1789Restaurant
Cuisine: Steak Seafood

Soirette Macarons & Tea
1433 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @SoiretteMacaron
Web: http://soirette.com/
Cuisine: Tea & dessert

Milestones Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/
Twitter:
Cuisine: Westcoast

De Dutch Pannekoek House
60-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Web: http://www.dedutch.com/
Twitter: @dedutch
Cuisine: Dutch

Chasers Fresh Juice
1026 Mainland, Vancouver
Web: http://www.chasersjuice.com/
Twitter: @FreshJill
Cuisine: Juice

The Parlour Restaurant
1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Web: www.theparlourrestaurants.com
Twitter: @ParlourYaletown
Cuisine: Pizza

More restaurants, cafes, chefs and establishments to be announced soon.

Details here:
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2014/03/14/vancouver-foodster-culinary-scavenger-hunt-on-april-6/

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://vancouverculinaryscavengerhunt.eventbrite.ca

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after April 4.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes dishes, bites and treats at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the afternoon. (Beverages are included at some establishments which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase other drinks at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Cherry blossoms in Vancouver (image from Wikipedia Commons)

Vancouver’s Top Japanese Chefs Combine Forces to Support Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Do you like Japanese food?  Vancouver is well known for our fresh and flavourful sushi and sashimi.  I recently was contacted about Vancouver’s first ever Sakura Night, being headed by Tojo!  Here are the details.  Get your tickets soon as I’m sure it will sell out fast!

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Gold-winning Tojo’s of Vancouver Magazine’s “Best upscale Japanese 2013” Restaurant Awards has combined forces with five of Vancouver’s top Japanese restaurants for the first ever Sakura Night (Sakura means cherry tree in Japanese), hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant on March 30, 2014. Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi will be creating seasonal dishes to guarantee an extraordinary standing dinner experience in the elegant ambience of Tojo’s.

Sakura Night Chefs

Sakura Night Chefs

This special evening event opens the 8th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) while creating delicious culinary memories of Japanese cuisine. Nobu Ochi from Zen will entice appetites with Ocean Wise-certified ingredients and RawBar’s Takayuki Omi will create sensory experiences for the palate with flavours of the Pacific Northwest. Daryle Nagata (Seventeen89) will tantalize taste buds with his combination of fresh and seasonal local ingredients, Kazuya Matsuoka will present Miku’s famed aburi (flame-seared) sushi and Masahito Iwamoto will be grilling Zakkushi’s mouth-watering yakitori skewers in-house, sharing the authentic cherry blossom festival experience from Japan with guests.

“We are so excited to be a part of the Festival and celebrate our cherry blossom cultural experience with the creation of Sakura Night ~ a new evening opening to the festival. It celebrates a very important part of our Japanese culture and gives our best local Japanese chefs a chance to share with pride their incredible food with Festival fans” Chef Hidekazu Tojo.

Sakura night chefs

Sakura night chefs

As Canada’s only cherry blossom festival, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society celebrating our urban nature and the fragile, fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom. Funds raised at Sakura Night enable the Festival to continue to deliver meaningful and accessible, quality programming to strengthen citizen’s connection and engagement in our diverse communities. VCBF speaks to multiculturalism, the arts, community engagement, and to the environment by helping to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage.

Date:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time:

6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cherry Blossom Martini Welcome followed by a standing dinner reception

Place:

Tojo’s Restaurant
1133 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tickets:

 Limited tickets at $150 with a $100 tax receipt issued by VCBF for purchase at VCBF.ca

About the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:

Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a month-long celebration of the cherry tree through unique cultural programming including the performing and visual arts, literary, film screenings, design installations, exhibitions, culinary and creative cultural arts. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society whose mandate is to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage while educating and engaging community in celebration of the fragile beauty of the cherry blossom.

Garden Parties at Hart House Restaurant this Summer 2013

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hart house restaurant

There’s no better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying fine food and wine in the open air.  Hart House’s annual garden parties are the perfect fusion of regional cuisine, enchanting wines, and beautiful natural surroundings.  Each evening starts with a tasting of wines from the featured region; guests may purchase a bottle or two from the special selection to pair with dinner.  The al fresco dinner is served on the estate lawn overlooking Deer Lake, and is accompanied by live music, making the evening a true feast for the senses.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Lobster Fest

Our Lobster Fest features fresh Nova Scotia lobster paired with spirited maritime music.  Celebrate the start of summer with us. $62 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Italy al Fresco

Italy’s passion for food and wine is legendary.  Guests will enjoy savoury Mediterranean cuisine paired with top-quality wines from Italy.  Traditional Italian music will set the mood. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – Evening in Provence

Celebrate France’s contributions to world cuisine at this evening featuring the coastal Provence region. Romantic French ballads will provide a tuneful counterpoint. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Spanish Fiesta

Modern Spanish cuisine is a fusion of Old and New world influences.  The menu for our Spanish Fiesta will feature seafood and Spanish-inspired dishes paired with excellent wines and flamenco music. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Reservations are available by phone only at 604-298-4278.
Hart House at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

About Hart House Restaurant:  

Open since 1988, Hart House at Deer Lake makes an unforgettable impression on guests with its elegant heritage house setting and outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.  The 13-acre estate includes a mock-Tudor mansion with tastefully appointed dining room, private function rooms, and heated patio; immaculate lawns and gardens; and a Lakeside Cottage.  Always a favourite for outdoor weddings, Hart House also hosts business lunches and conferences of all sizes, as well as intimate dinners and celebrations.  Our menu changes with the seasons to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from our own on-site herb garden.  Whatever your menu selection, our attentive staff are always happy to recommend wine pairings from our award-winning cellar.

Husband vs Wife a Friendly Chef Throw Down at Provence

Marinaside Patio Seafood Platter

Marinaside Patio Seafood Platter

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.  But does this also work for chefs cooking?  Let’s find out with the husband and wife chef couple from Provence Restaurants.  Details from this match up / throw down are below.  

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(Vancouver, BC) — On May 23rd Chefs Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia will celebrate 21 years of marriage. Not only are they a couple, but they are also both chefs and business partners owning Provence Restaurants – Provence Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey,Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and the newest venture TWB – The Wine Bar next door to Provence Marinaside. While Jean-Francis is Executive Chef for all locations, he devotes most of his time to Provence Marinaside (P2) while Alessandra casts a watchful eye over Provence Mediterranean Grill (P1). Over the years a friendly rivalry has blossomed between P1 and P2 – each offering slightly different menus and completely different ambiance.
 
On May 29th, Provence Mediterranean Grill will be the site for Husband vs. Wife – a Chef’s Challenge. Who does the better halibut? Alessandra? Jean-Francis? You be the judge.
 
For this one night only P1 will offer a set three-course set menu for $50 (including tax and gratuity but not beverages). The first course is a choice from the restaurant’s antipasti case and dessert is Cherry Chocolate Clafoutis. It’s the main course where the halibut throw down happens. Two very different versions of halibut will be offered – one by the wife, the other by the husband. Guests won’t know who has created which to keep the competition unbiased. At the end of the evening Provence will tally up which main course sold the most and will announce the winner via social media and in its newsletter.
 
The idea came to Alessandra when the family (they have two sons who have grown up in the restaurants) was on a recent vacation. “We had many nights of cooking with the boys and a little competition developed to see who the best cook was. It was a lot of fun, so we decided to try it at the restaurant.”
 
At the moment, this event is planned as a one-off. However, if there is a lot of demand and the event quickly sells out; they may consider repeating it on May 30th and then doing a different competition at Provence Marinaside next month.
 

Get Your Tickets

When: May 29

Cost: $50 (including tax and gratuity but not beverages) per person

Tickets are available on Eventbrite: or  through Provence’s web sitewww.provencevancouver.com 
 
So join us for some ‘all in the family’ fun at Provence Mediterranean Grill on May 29th and you get to pick the winner. It’ll be a halibut of a good time.